The YMCA of Metro Atlanta announced Tuesday that Canton’s G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA/Cherokee Outdoor YMCA, along with the other 18 YMCA locations in Georgia, would be reopening their doors with limited amenities over the next couple of weeks.
The Canton location is one of the six centers that will be opening on June 1. Seven locations will reopen with limited amenities on May 15, with additional YMCA branches opening on May 25.
YMCA locations closed in March in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The first phase of YMCA’s phased approach to reopening will closely follow health protocols set forth by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health. These protocols include regular temperature checks, designating entry and exit points, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and shared spaces, social and physical distancing, spacing of fitness equipment, wearing of masks and controlling traffic patterns inside the facility. Additionally, all activities will be limited to individual workouts with trained staff positioned to monitor and enforce social distancing.
For YMCA branches opening May 15, only the wellness space will be available. Starting May 18, lap swim, group exercise and select tennis facilities will be available by online reservation.
“The health and safety of our YMCA members, staff and community remains our top priority,” said YMCA of Metro Atlanta president and CEO Lauren Koontz. “The way we will interact with each other will be different, but what will not change is our members’ ability to connect with others while improving their wellness.”
As operations normalize, the YMCA will pivot to phase two in mid-June, which includes re-opening additional areas within YMCA facilities for broader use. Further progression will continue through additional phases in July and August which will reflect services and activities similar to YMCA operations pre-COVID-19. In a few instances, some YMCA branches may open for youth programming prior to a branch opening for member services.Summit Family\Fayette Outdoor YMCA — 1765 GA-34, Newnan
Covington Family YMCA — 2140 Newton Dr NE, Covington
Cowart Family YMCA — 3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta
Ed Isakson/ Alpharetta Family YMCA — 3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta
The Villages at Carver Family YMCA — 1600 Pryor Road SW
J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA — 2985 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville
McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA — 1055 E Piedmont Road, Marietta
Arthur M. Blank Youth YMCA — 555 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta
Forsyth County Family YMCA — 6050 Y St., Cumming
Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA — 2220 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta
South DeKalb Family YMCA — 2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur
Wade Walker Park Family YMCA — 5605 Rockbridge Road SW, Stone Mountain
G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA/ Cherokee Outdoor YMCA — 151 Waleska St, Canton
Decatur Family YMCA — 1100 Clairemont Ave, Decatur